Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Good news for students wishing to pursue engineering as another 4,000 aspirants will be eligible to appear for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced in May 2018.

The Joint Admission Board (JAB) has taken a decision to increase the number of eligible candidates for the JEE from 2.20 lakh this year to 2.24 lakh in 2018. However, the board is yet to reveal the number of seats that will be available in 2018.

The development comes in view of the growing intake capacity of all 22 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian School of Mines (ISM) in Dhanbad. Many IITs are hoping to increase their intake capacity. The final number will be revealed later, said an official from JAB.

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Sources said out of the 10,998 IITs seats, the number of unclaimed seats after seven rounds of counselling stood at 121 this year- up from 96 in 2016. Taking note of the sharp rise in the number of unclaimed seats, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry asked the IITs to find ways to address the situation, including the option of scrapping unpopular courses.

The IIT Kanpur will conduct the JEE Advanced 2017 on May 20. In a notification published on the official website of JEE Advanced– jeeadv.ac.in, it has been mentioned that candidates should be among the top 2,24,000 (including all categories) by scoring positive marks in Paper-1 of JEE (Mains) 2018.

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